Monday, March 18, 2013

Response to "Living With Cancer"

Credit John Klein Wilson / Michigan Radio
I found this broadcast to be really interesting. I've had several family members diagnosed with cancer and most have turned out to be treatable, thankfully. I find the stories of people who live through cancer and beyond very inspiring. The story of the couple who decided to take a trip to try and do everything and they spent all their money -- I feel like that'd be what I would do. Try to make the most out of life while you still can. And though many healthy people can't just drop everything, I think this message of living in the moment, of experiencing life, is something that everyone could use more of.

I'm also inspired by the stories of support people receive during their treatment. A number of people in the broadcast mention that support from family and friends is so important to the healing process, almost in a spiritual sense. Knowing that you have someone who is there for you, who wants you to get better, must be a great feeling, and I'm sure it helps.

As inspiring as these stories are, not everyone who is diagnosed with cancer survives. There are many different kinds of cancer and some are much more difficult to treat than others. Hearing about kids getting cancer, even newborn babies, is horrible and is something that shouldn't happen. Parents should not be losing kids to disease like this, and the good news is that doctors are continuing to try their hardest to find better treatment options and a cure. It may still be a ways off, but we get closer to finding the answer every day.

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